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Congratulations to the 2023 Golfweek Amateur Tour National Champions!

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Left to Right: Joe Jaspers, Charlotte, NC - Champ Flight Eric Whitworth, Charlotte, NC - A Flight Kevin Ingram, Nashville, TN - B Flight Ryan Samples, Indiana-Western KY - C Flight Michael Ray, North Central Florida - D Flight

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Over 790 players from 47 Local Tours competed in the 2023 Golfweek National Championship!

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –This year’s tournament marked the 29th anniversary of the Golfweek Amateur Tour. In all, nearly 800 players competed in the three-day event with members from each one of our 47 Local Tours represented.

In the Championship Flight,  Joe Jaspers  won an unprecedented seventh National Championship in a sudden-death playoff over  Lance Lacombe .  Jaspers  opened the tournament on Friday at Robert Trent Jones with a three-under-par round of 69 and a two-shot lead over Chad Frank.   The Robert Trent Jones course belonged to Elliott Johnson on Saturday when he fired a four-under-par round of 68 and took a one-shot lead over Jaspers heading into the final round. The stage was set for a shoot-out on Sunday and the flight leaders did not disappoint! Lance Lacombe started the day four shots back but made-up ground on the back nine with an eagle on 15 and birdie on 16 resulting in the low round of the weekend (a five-under-par score of 67). Jaspers hung tight and birdied the fifteenth to tie Lacombe at three-under-par. On seventeen (par 3), Jaspers hit the ball to ten feet and power-lipped it out for the lead. At the end of the day, Jaspers and Lacombe both finished the 54-hole tournament at three-under-par and landed in a sudden death playoff on hole 18. Jaspers hit a perfect shot to about 6 feet and then followed it by sinking the birdie putt to become the 2023 National Champion. It was the second year in a row that Lance Lacombe finished solo second.

Joe Jaspers , Charlotte, NC (69-74-70—213) Lance Lacombe , Jacksonville, FL (75-71-67—213) Corbin Holt , Alabama (73-72-70—215) Elliott Johnson , Hilton Head/Savannah (74-68-74—216) Chad Frank , Orlando (71-76-71—218)

In the A Flight, we had a back nine battle all day between Eric Whitworth and Wayne Fisher at Golden Bear GC in Indigo Run .   The two dueled it out until Whitworth finally won by only one shot on the final hole.  Whitworth fired a 75 while Fisher posted an even par (72) and lost by just one stroke.  Whitworth now has the pleasure of being the 2023 A Flight National Champion..

Eric Whitworth , Charlotte, NC (71-75-75—221) Wayne Fisher , Philadelphia Metro (71-79-72—222) David Dodgen , Columbia, SC (77-79-76—232) Dana Shoulders , Columbus, OH (81-81-71—233) Eric Maland , Charleston, SC (81-78-74—233)

In the B Flight, Kevin Ingram did not let his second-day score of 90 stop him from coming on strong in Sunday’s final round! Ingram shot the low round at Hampton Hall (four-over-par round of 76) and finished two-strokes ahead of the field with a three-day total of 244. Ken Sloan finished second at 246 and Jason Vesser placed third with a 247. Once again, congratulations to Kevin Ingram for posting one of the biggest come-from-behind wins in Tour history to become our 2023 B Flight National Champion.

Kevin Ingram , Nashville, TN (78-90-76—244) Ken Sloan , Cincinnati/Dayton, OH (85-80-81—246) Jason Vesser, Mississippi (78-84-85—247) Bob Santee , Upstate, SC (80-85-83—248) Rich McClendon , Arkansas (86-77-85—248) Justin Carroll , South, FL (81-82-85—248) Tony Chon , Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (78-83-87—248) Brian Harden , Tidewater, VA (77-84-87—248)

The C Flight saw Ryan Samples take home his first-ever National Championship with a three-day score of 260. Going into the final day, Samples was four shots behind the two-day leader, Thomas Purvis . Samples managed to pull away on the Atlantic Dunes course and secured the victory and the 2023 C Flight National Champion trophy.

Ryan Samples , Indiana-Western, KY (91-82-87—260) Thomas Purvis , Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (86-83-93—262) Colton Vaughn , Alabama (97-79-87—263) Gary Parnell , Columbia, SC (92-89-83-264) Kevin Briggs , Orlando, FL (86-84-94—264)

In D Flight,  Michael Ray  beat both Justin Cook and Robert Benavides by four shots to become the National Champion with a three-day score of 268. Sunday was just a three-horse race as both pushed hard to make up a few shots and close the gap. Ultimately, Cook and Benavides came up short and Ray took home the hardware and the title of 2023 D Flight National Champion.

Michael Ray , North Central, FL (88-90-90—268) Justin Cook , Central North Carolina (98-87-87—272) Robert Benavides , Cincinnati/Dayton, OH (90-91-91—272) Marcus Knight , Indiana-Western, KY (98-88-89—275) Gary Hedges , Cincinnati/Dayton, OH (91-93-91—275)

Cincinnati/Dayton defended their Team Cup status from 2022 with a three-day total of 2495 stokes. Charlotte, NC  took second place with 2523 shots followed by the 2021 winner Hilton Head/Savannah at 2528. Columbus, OH  finished fourth at 2545 followed by  Orlando, FL  with a three-day total of 2547.

Turning to the Edwin Watts 2 Man Team Challenge, be sure to congratulate the following teams for winning their flight with the three-day totals listed below:

Champ Flight: Corbin Holt (Alabama) and Lance Lacombe (Jacksonville, FL) 428 A Flight: Travis Wireman (Charlotte, NC) and Eric Whitworth (Charlotte, NC) 468 B Flight: Justin Carroll (South Florida) and Adam Rosenberger (South Florida) 502 C Flight: Colton Vaughn (Alabama) and Bubba Thrash (Alabama) 536 D Flight: David Schmidt (Augusta, GA) and Chris Oliver (Augusta, GA) 558

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EPIC MOSCOW Itinerary! (2024)

Moscow is the heart of Mother Russia. Just the mention of this city conjures images of colorful bulbous pointed domes, crisp temperatures, and a uniquely original spirit!

Moscow has an incredibly turbulent history, a seemingly resilient culture, and a unique enchantment that pulls countless tourists to the city each year! Although the warmer months make exploring Moscow’s attractions more favorable, there’s just something about a fresh snowfall that only enhances the appearance of the city’s iconic sites!

If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or simply wanting to see as much of the city as possible, this Moscow itinerary will help you do just that!

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Here is a quick look at the seasons so you can decide when to visit Moscow!

The summer months (June-August) are a great time to travel to Moscow to take advantage of the enjoyable mild temperatures. This is considered peak travel season. Bear in mind that hotel prices rise along with the temperatures!

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If you’re planning a trip to Moscow during fall (September-November) try to plan for early fall. This way the temperatures will still be pleasant and winter won’t be threatening.

Russian winters (December-February) are not for the faint of heart as Napoleon learned to his peril. Some days the sun will be out for less than an hour, and snow is guaranteed. Although winters are exceptionally cold, this is when you’ll get a true glimpse of the Moscow experience!

The best time to visit Moscow is during spring  (March-May). The temperatures will begin to creep up and the sun begins to shine for significant portions of the day. Hotel rates will also have yet to skyrocket into peak ranges!

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With a Moscow City Pass , you can experience the best of Moscow at the CHEAPEST prices. Discounts, attractions, tickets, and even public transport are all standards in any good city pass – be sure invest now and save them $$$ when you arrive!

Moscow is a large city with many accommodation options to choose from. Staying in a location that fits with your travel plans will only enhance your Moscow itinerary. Here is a brief introduction to a few great areas of the city we recommend checking out!

The best place to stay in Moscow to be close to all the action is Kitay-Gorod. This charming neighborhood will put you within walking distance to Moscow’s famous Red Square, thus cutting down on travel time. This will allow you to see more of the city in a shorter amount of time!

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It’s surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or just planning a quick weekend in Moscow, then this area is perfect for you!

Another great area to consider is the Zamoskvorechye district. This area of the city offers a blend of new and old Moscow. It has an artsy vibe and there are plenty of fun sites you can explore outside of the main touristy areas of Moscow.

Of course, as in all areas of Moscow, it’s close to public transportation that will quickly connect you with the rest of the city and make your Moscow itinerary super accessible!

Best Airbnb in Moscow – Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Modern and cozy, this apartment is in the heart of Old Moscow. Bordering the Basmanny and Kitay-Gorod districts, this two-bedroom flat is walking distance to the Kremlin and Red Square. Safe, quiet, and comfortable, this is the best Airbnb in Moscow, no question!

Best Budget Hotel in Moscow – Izmailovo Alfa Hotel

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The Izmailovo Alfa Hotel is a very highly rated accommodation that provides all the components necessary for a comfortable trip to Moscow. There is an on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and an airport shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious and are equipped with a TV, heating/air conditioning, minibar, and more!

Best Luxury Hotel in Moscow – Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre

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If you’re touring Moscow in luxury, the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre is the hotel for you! Elegantly furnished rooms are equipped with a minibar, flat-screen TV,  in-room safes, as well as tea and coffee making facilities! Bathrooms come with bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries. There is also an onsite restaurant, bar, and fitness center.

Best Hostel in Moscow – Godzillas Hostel

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Godzillas Hostel is located in the center of Moscow, just a short walk from all the major tourist attractions and the metro station. Guests will enjoy all the usual hostel perks such as self-catering facilities, 24-hour reception, Free Wi-Fi, and security lockers. This is one of the best hostels in Moscow and its wonderful social atmosphere and will make your vacation in Moscow extra special!

An important aspect of planning any trip is figuring out the transportation situation. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to get to all of your Moscow points of interest right? Luckily, this sprawling city has an excellent network of public transportation that will make traveling a breeze!

The underground metro system is the quickest and most efficient way to travel around Moscow. Most visitors rely exclusively on this super-efficient transportation system, which allows you to get to pretty much anywhere in the city! It’s also a great option if you’re planning a Moscow itinerary during the colder months, as you’ll be sheltered from the snow and freezing temperatures!

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If you prefer above-ground transportation, buses, trams, and trolleybuses, run throughout the city and provide a rather comfortable alternative to the metro.

Moscow’s metro, buses, trams, and trolleybuses are all accessible with a ‘Troika’ card. This card can be topped up with any sum of money at a metro cash desk. The ticket is simple, convenient, and even refundable upon return to a cashier!

No matter which method you choose, you’ll never find yourself without an easy means of getting from point A to point B!

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Spend the first day of your itinerary taking your own self guided Moscow walking tour around the historic Red Square! This is Moscow’s compact city center and every stop on this list is within easy walking distance to the next! Get ready to see all of the top Moscow landmarks!

Day 1 / Stop 1 – The Red Square

  • Why it’s awesome: The Red Square is the most recognizable area in Moscow, it has mesmerizing architecture and centuries worth of history attached to its name.
  • Cost: Free to walk around, individual attractions in the square have separate fees. 
  • Food nearby: Check out Bar BQ Cafe for friendly service and good food in a great location! The atmosphere is upbeat and they’re open 24/7!

The Red Square is Moscow’s historic fortress and the center of the Russian government. The origins of the square date back to the late 15th century, when Ivan the Great decided to expand the Kremlin to reflect Moscow’s growing power and prestige!

During the 20th century, the square became famous as the site for demonstrations designed to showcase Soviet strength. Visiting the Red Square today, you’ll find it teeming with tourists, who come to witness its magical architecture up close!

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The square is the picture postcard of Russian tourism, so make sure to bring your camera when you visit! No matter the season, or the time of day, it’s delightfully photogenic! 

It’s also home to some of Russia’s most distinguishing and important landmarks, which we’ve made sure to include further down in this itinerary. It’s an important center of Russia’s cultural life and one of the top places to visit in Moscow!

In 1990, UNESCO designated Russia’s Red Square as a World Heritage site. Visiting this historic site is a true bucket-list event and essential addition to your itinerary for Moscow!

Day 1 / Stop 2 – The Moscow Kremlin

  • Why it’s awesome: The Moscow Kremlin complex includes several palaces and cathedrals and is surrounded by the Kremlin wall. It also houses the principal museum of Russia (the Kremlin Armory).
  • Cost: USD $15.00
  • Food nearby: Bosco Cafe is a charming place to grat a casual bite to eat. They have excellent coffee and wonderful views of the Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin!

The iconic Moscow Kremlin , also known as the Kremlin museum complex, sits on Borovitsky Hill, rising above the Moscow River. It is a fortified complex in the center of the city, overlooking several iconic buildings in the Red Square!

It’s the best known of the Russian Kremlins – citadels or fortress’ protecting and dominating a city. During the early decades of the Soviet era, the Kremlin was a private enclave where the state’s governing elite lived and worked.

The Kremlin is outlined by an irregularly shaped triangular wall that encloses an area of 68 acres! The existing walls and towers were built from 1485 to 1495. Inside the Kremlin museum complex, there are five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers.

The Armoury Chamber is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1851. It showcases Russian history and displays many cherished relics. Definitely make sure to check out this museum while you’re here!

The Moscow Kremlin

The churches inside the Moscow Kremlin are the Cathedral of the Dormition, Church of the Archangel, Church of the Annunciation, and the bell tower of Ivan Veliki (a church tower).

The five-domed Cathedral of the Dormition is considered the most famous. It was built from 1475–1479 by an Italian architect and has served as a wedding and coronation place for great princes, tsars, and emperors of Russia. Church services are given in the Kremlin’s numerous cathedrals on a regular basis.

The Grand Kremlin Palace was the former Tsar’s Moscow residence and today it serves as the official workplace of the President of the Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin seems to have bagged that title for life) .

Insider Tip: The Kremlin is closed every Thursday! Make sure to plan this stop on your Moscow itinerary for any other day of the week!

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Lenin’s Mausoleum

  • Why it’s awesome: The mausoleum displays the preserved body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin .
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Khinkal’naya is a charming Georgian restaurant with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick. It’s a popular place with locals and right next to the Red Square!

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, is the modernist mausoleum for the revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. It’s located within the Red Square and serves as the resting place for the Soviet leader! His preserved body has been on public display since shortly after his death in 1924.

It’s located just a few steps away from the Kremlin Wall and is one of the most controversial yet popular Moscow attractions!

Admission is free for everyone, you’ll only need to pay if you need to check a bag. Before visitors are allowed to enter the mausoleum, they have to go through a metal detector first. No metal objects, liquids, or large bags are allowed in the mausoleum!

Lenins Mausoleum

Expect a line to enter the building, and while you’re inside the building, you’ll be constantly moving in line with other visitors. This means you won’t be able to spend as long as you’d like viewing the mausoleum, but you’ll still be able to get a good look. Pictures and filming while inside the building are strictly prohibited, and security guards will stop you if they see you breaking this rule.

The mausoleum is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – unless it’s a public holiday or a day scheduled for maintenance. The hours it’s open for each day are limited, make sure to check online before you visit to make sure you can fit this into your Moscow itinerary for that day!

Insider Tip: The Lenin’s Museum is there for people to pay their respect; remember to keep silent and move along quickly, it’s not intended for people to congregate around. Also, men are not allowed to wear hats and everyone must take their hands out of their pockets when inside the building.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – St. Basil’s Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: A dazzling designed cathedral that showcases Russia’s unique architecture. This cathedral is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country!
  • Cost: USD $8.00
  • Food nearby: Moskovskiy Chaynyy Klub is a cozy cafe serving food items and pipping hot tea; it’s the perfect place to go if you’re visiting Moscow during the winter months!

Located in the Red Square, the ornate 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral is probably the building you picture when you think of Moscow’s unique architecture. Its colorful onion-shaped domes tower over the Moscow skyline!

The cathedral was built from 1555-1561 by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. It was designed with an iconic onion dome facade and enchanting colors that captivate all who see it. Fun fact: If you’re wondering why Russian churches have onion domes, they are popularly believed to symbolize burning candles!

This iconic cathedral has become a symbol of Russia due to its distinguishing architecture and prominent position inside the Red Square. It’s one of the most beautiful, wonderful, and mesmerizing historical cathedrals in the world!

St. Basils Cathedral

The interior of the church surprises most people when they visit. In contrast to the large exterior, the inside is not so much one large area, but rather a collection of smaller areas, with many corridors and small rooms. There are 9 small chapels and one mausoleum grouped around a central tower.

Visiting the inside is like walking through a maze, there are even small signs all around the cathedral tracing where to walk, and pointing you in the right direction! The walls are meticulously decorated and painted with intricate floral designs and religious themes.

The church rarely holds service and is instead a museum open for the public to visit.

Insider Tip: During the summer months the line to go inside the cathedral can get quite long! Make sure to arrive early or reserve your tickets online to guarantee quick access into the cathedral!

Day 1 / Stop 5 – GUM Department Store

  • Why it’s awesome: This is Russia’s most famous shopping mall! It’s designed with elegant and opulent architecture and provides a real sense of nostalgia!
  • Cost: Free to enter
  • Food nearby: Stolovaya 57 is a cafeteria-style restaurant with a variety of inexpensive Russian cuisine menu items including soups, salads, meat dishes, and desserts. It’s also located inside the GUM department store, making it very easily accessible when you’re shopping!

The enormous GUM Department Store is located within the historic Red Square. It has a whimsical enchantment to it that sets it apart from your typical department store.

A massive domed glass ceiling lines the top of the building and fills the interior with natural sunlight. There are live plants and flowers placed throughout the mall that give the shopping complex a lively and cheerful feel! A playful fountain sits in the center, further adding to the malls inviting a sense of wonder and amusement!

The GUM department store opened on December 2, 1893. Today, it includes local and luxury stores, including Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and many more! There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and even a movie theater inside!

GUM Department Store

For a special treat, head into Gastronom 1. This 1950s-style shop sells gourmet food items, like wine, freshly-baked pastries, cheese, Russian chocolate, and of course, vodka! Also, be on the lookout for a bicycle pedaling ice cream truck with an employing selling ice cream!

The ambiance is simply amazing, a trip to this idyllic shopping mall is an absolute must on any Moscow itinerary!

Insider Tip: Make sure to carry some small change on you in case you need to use the restroom, you’ll need to pay 50 rubles – or about USD $0.80 to use the bathroom in GUM.

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Novodevichy Convent | Gorky Park | State Tretyakov Gallery | All-Russian Exhibition Center | Bolshoi Theater

On your 2 day itinerary in Moscow, you’ll have a chance to use the city’s excellent public transportation service! You’ll explore a few more of Moscow’s historic highlight as well as some modern attractions. These sites are a little more spread out, but still very easily accessible thanks to the metro!

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Novodevichy Convent

  • Why it’s awesome: The Novodevichy Convent is rich in imperial Russian history and contains some of Russia’s best examples of classical architecture!
  • Cost: USD $5.00
  • Food nearby: Culinary Shop Karavaevs Brothers is a cozy and simple place to have a quick bite, they also have vegetarian options!

The Novodevichy Convent is the best-known and most popular cloister of Moscow. The convent complex is contained within high walls, and there are many attractions this site is known for! 

The six-pillared five-domed Smolensk Cathedral is the main attraction. It was built to resemble the Kremlin’s Assumption Cathedral and its facade boasts beautiful snowy white walls and a pristine golden onion dome as its centerpiece. It’s the oldest structure in the convent, built from 1524 -1525, and is situated in the center of the complex between the two entrance gates.

There are other churches inside the convent as well, all dating back from many centuries past. The convent is filled with an abundance of 16th and 17th-century religious artworks, including numerous large and extravagant frescos!

Novodevichy Convent

Just outside the convent’s grounds lies the Novodevichy Cemetery. Here, you can visit the graves of famous Russians, including esteemed authors, composers, and politicians. Probably the most intriguing gravestone belongs to Russian politician Nikita Khruschev!

The Novodevichy Convent is located near the Moscow River and offers a peaceful retreat from the busy city. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The convent remains remarkably well-preserved and is an outstanding example of Moscow Baroque architecture! 

Insider Tip: To enter the cathedrals inside the complex, women are advised to cover their heads and shoulders, while men should wear long pants.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

  • Why it’s awesome: A large amusement area in the heart of the city offering many attractions!
  • Cost: Free! 
  • Food nearby: Check out Mepkato, located inside Gorky Central Park for a casual meal in a cozy setting. There are indoor and outdoor seating options and the restaurant is child-friendly!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure is a large green space in the heart of Moscow. The park opened in 1928, and it stretches along the scenic embankment of the Moskva River. It covers an area of 300-acres and offers a lovely contrast from the compact city center.

You’ll find all sorts of wonderful attractions, from boat rides to bike rentals to tennis courts and ping-pong tables, and much more! there are an open-air cinema and festive events and concerts scheduled in the summer months.  A wide selection of free fitness classes is also offered on a regular basis, including jogging, roller skating, and dancing!

Although many of the options you’ll find here are more suited for outdoor leisure during the summer, you’ll also a selection of winter attractions, including one of Europe’s largest ice rinks for ice-skating!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

If you’re trying to decide what to do in Moscow with kids, the park also offers several venues designed specifically for kids. Check out the year-round Green School which offers hands-on classes in gardening and art! You can also feed the squirrels and birds at the Golitsinsky Ponds!

The park is very well maintained and kept clean and the entrance is free of charge, although most individual attractions cost money. There is also Wi-Fi available throughout the park.

With so many attractions, you could easily spend all day here! If you’re only planning a 2 day itinerary in Moscow, make sure to plan your time accordingly and map out all the areas you want to see beforehand!

Day 2 / Stop 3 – The State Tretyakov Gallery

  • Why it’s awesome: The gallery’s collection consists entirely of Russian art made by Russian artists!
  • Food nearby : Brothers Tretyakovs is located right across the street from the gallery. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant serving top quality food and drinks!

The State Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856 by influential merchant and collector Pavel Tretyakov.  The gallery is a national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the most important museums in Russia!

It houses the world’s best collection of Russian art and contains more than 130, 000 paintings, sculptures, and graphics! These works have been created throughout the centuries by generations of Russia’s most talented artists!

The State Tretyakov Gallery

The exhibits range from mysterious 12th-century images to politically charged canvases. The collection is rich and revealing and offers great insight into the history and attitudes of this long-suffering yet inspired people!

All pictures are also labeled in English. If you plan to take your time and see everything inside the museum it will take a good 3-4 hours, so make sure to plan your Moscow trip itinerary accordingly! This gallery is a must-see stop for art lovers, or anyone wanting to explore the local culture and history of Russia in a creative and insightful manner! 

Insider Tip: When planning your 2 days in Moscow itinerary, keep in mind that most museums in Moscow are closed on Mondays, this includes The State Tretyakov Gallery!

Day 2 / Stop 4 – All-Russian Exhibition Center

  • Why it’s awesome: This large exhibition center showcases the achievements of the Soviet Union in several different spheres. 
  • Food nearby: Varenichnaya No. 1 serves authentic and homestyle Russian cuisine in an intimate and casual setting.

The All-Russian Exhibition Center is a massive park that presents the glory of the Soviet era! It pays homage to the achievements of Soviet Russia with its many different sites found on the property.

The center was officially opened in 1939 to exhibit the achievements of the Soviet Union. It’s a huge complex of buildings and the largest exhibition center in Moscow. There are several exhibition halls dedicated to different achievements and every year there are more than one hundred and fifty specialized exhibitions!

All Russian Exhibition Center

The Peoples Friendship Fountain was constructed in 1954 and is a highlight of the park. The stunning gold fountain features 16 gilded statues of girls, each representing the former Soviet Union republics. 

The Stone Flower Fountain was also built in 1954 and is worth checking out. The centerpiece of this large fountain is a flower carved from stones from the Ural Mountains! Along the side of the fountain are various bronze sculptures.

You will find many people zipping around on rollerblades and bicycles across the large area that the venue covers. It’s also home to amusement rides and carousels, making it the perfect place to stop with kids on your Moscow itinerary! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and allow a few hours to explore all the areas that interest you!

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Bolshoi Theater

  • Why it’s awesome: The Bolshoi Theater is a historic venue that hosts world-class ballet and opera performances!
  • Cost: Prices vary largely between USD $2.00 –  USD $228.00 based on seat location.
  • Food nearby: Head to the Russian restaurant, Bolshoi for high-quality food and drinks and excellent service!

The Bolshoi Theater is among the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world! It also boasts the world’s biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers!

The theater has been rebuilt and renovated several times during its long history. In 2011 it finished its most recent renovation after an extensive six-year restoration that started in 2005. The renovation included an improvement in acoustics and the restoration of the original Imperial decor.

The Bolshoi Theater has put on many of the world’s most famous ballet acts! Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premiered at the theater in 1877 and other notable performances of the Bolshoi repertoire include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker!

Bolshoi Theater

Today, when you visit the theater, you can expect a magical performance from skilled singers, dancers, and musicians with the highest level of technique!

If you don’t have time to see a show, the theater also provides guided tours on select days of the week. Tours are given in both Russian and English and will provide visitors with a more intimate look at the different areas of the theater!

The stage of this iconic Russian theater has seen many outstanding performances. If you’re a fan of the performing arts, the Bolshoi Theater is one of the greatest and oldest ballet and opera companies in the world, making it a must-see attraction on your Moscow itinerary!

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Cosmonautics Museum | Alexander Garden | Ostankino Tower | Izmaylovo District | Soviet Arcade Museum

Now that we’ve covered what to do in Moscow in 2 days, if you’re able to spend more time in the city you’re going to need more attractions to fill your time. Here are a few more really cool things to do in Moscow we recommend!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

  • Hear the timeline of the ‘space race’ from the Russian perspective
  • This museum is fun for both adults and children!
  • Admission is USD $4.00

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration! The museum explores the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration, space technology, and space in the arts. It houses a large assortment of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits, and the museum’s collection holds approximately 85,000 different items!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

The museum does an excellent job of telling the full story of the exciting space race between the USSR and the US! It highlights the brightest moments in Russian history and humanity and is very interesting and fun for all ages!

If you’re a fan of space or just curious about gaining insight into Russia’s fascinating history of space exploration, make sure to add this to your 3 day itinerary in Moscow!

The Alexander Garden

  • A tranquil place to relax near the Red Square
  • Green lawns dotted with sculptures and lovely water features
  • The park is open every day and has no entrance fee

The Alexander Garden was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow! The garden premiered in 1821 and was built to celebrate Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s forces in 1812!

The park is beautiful and well maintained with paths to walk on and benches to rest on. The park contains three separate gardens: the upper garden, middle garden, and lower garden.

The Alexander Garden

Located in the upper garden, towards the main entrance to the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame. This monument was created in 1967 and contains the body of a soldier who fell during the Great Patriotic War!

The park stretches along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for about half a mile. Due to its central location in the city, it’ll be easily accessible when you’re out exploring The Red Square.

It provides a bit of relief from the city’s high-energy city streets. Bring a picnic lunch, go for a walk, or just sit and people watch, this is one of the best Moscow sites to wind-down and relax!

Ostankino Television Tower

  • Television and radio tower in Moscow
  • Currently the tallest free-standing structure in Europe
  • Make sure you bring your passport when you visit, you can’t go up without it!

For spectacular views of the city, make sure to add the Ostankino Television Tower to your itinerary for Moscow! This impressive free-standing structure provides stunning views of the city in every direction. The glass floor at the top also provides great alternative views of the city!

Ostankino Television Tower

It takes just 58 seconds for visitors to reach the Tower’s observation deck by super fast elevator. The tower is open every day for long hours and is a great site in Moscow to check out! There is even a restaurant at the top where you can enjoy rotating views of the city while you dine on traditional Russian cuisine or European cuisine!

The tower is somewhat of an architectural surprise in a city that is not known for skyscrapers! To see the city from a new perspective, make sure to add this stop to your Moscow itinerary!

Izmaylovo District

  • The most popular attractions in this district are the kremlin and the flea market
  • Outside of the city center and easy to reach via metro
  • Most popular during the summer and on weekends

Travel outside the city center and discover a unique area of the city! The Izmaylovo District is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and one of the coolest places to see in Moscow! The two main attractions we recommend checking out are the Kremlin and the flea market.

The Izmailovo Kremlin was established as a cultural center and molded after traditional Russian architecture. This colorful complex is home to several single-subject museums, including a Russian folk art museum and a vodka museum!

Izmaylovo District

Next to the Kremlin is the Izmailovo open-air market, which dates back to the 17th century! The market is connected to the Izmailovo Kremlin by a wooden bridge. Pick up all your Russian souvenirs here, including traditional handicrafts, paintings, books, retro toys, and Soviet memorabilia!

You will find many hand-made and hand-painted options available at higher prices, as well as mass-produced souvenir options at lower prices!

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Filled with old arcade games that visitors get to try out!
  • The museum also includes a small cafe and burger shop

For something a little different, check out the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games! The museum features roughly 60 machines from the Soviet era, including video games, pinball machines, and collaborative hockey foosball! The machines inside the museum were produced in the USSR in the mid-1970s.

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

The best part is, most of the games are still playable! Purchase tickets and try the games out for yourself! The museum also has a neat little screening room that plays old Soviet cartoons and an area with Soviet magazines! This unique attraction is a fun addition to a 3 day itinerary in Moscow, and an attraction that all ages will enjoy! 

Whether you’re spending one day in Moscow, or more, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when traveling to a big city! Overall, Moscow is a very safe place to visit. However, it is always recommended that tourists take certain precautions when traveling to a new destination!

The police in Moscow is extremely effective at making the city a safe place to visit and do their best to patrol all of the top Moscow, Russia tourist attractions. However, tourists can still be a target for pickpockets and scammers.

Moscow has a huge flow of tourists, therefore there is a risk for pickpocketing. Simple precautions will help eliminate your chances of being robbed. Stay vigilant, keep your items close to you at all times, and don’t flash your valuables!

If you’re planning a solo Moscow itinerary, you should have no need to worry, as the city is also considered safe for solo travelers, even women. Stay in the populated areas, try and not travel alone late at night, and never accept rides from strangers or taxis without a meter and correct signage.

The threat of natural disasters in Moscow is low, with the exception of severe winters when the temperature can dip below freezing! Bring a good, warm jacket if you visit in Winter.

However, please note that Russian views on homsexuality are far less accepting than those in Western Europe. Likewise, Non-Caucasian travellers may sadly encounter racism in Russia .

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Now that we’ve covered all the top things to see in Moscow, we thought we’d include some exciting day trips to other areas of the country!

Sergiev Posad (Golden Ring)

Sergiev Posad Golden Ring

On this 7-hour guided tour, you’ll visit several scenic and historic areas of Russia. Start your day with hotel pick-up as you’re transferred by a comfortable car or minivan to Sergiev Posad. Admire the charming Russian countryside on your drive and enjoy a quick stop to visit the Russian village, Rudonezh!

You’ll see the majestic Saint Spring and the Church of Sergiev Radonezh. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, one of the most famous Orthodox sites in Russia!

Lastly, you’ll swing by the local Matreshka market and enjoy a break in a nice Russian restaurant before returning to Moscow!

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

On this 13-hour trip, you’ll discover old Russia, with its picturesque landscapes and white-stoned beautiful churches! You’ll visit the main towns of the famous Golden Ring of Russia – the name for several cities and smaller towns north-east of Moscow.

Your first stop will be in the town of Vladimir, the ancient capital of all Russian principalities. The city dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest and the most important towns along the Ring! Next, you’ll visit Suzdal, a calm ancient Russian town north of Vladimir with only 13,000 inhabitants!

The old-style architecture and buildings of Suzdal are kept wonderfully intact. If you’re spending three days in Moscow, or more, this is a great option for exploring the charming areas outside the city!

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

On this 9-hour private tour, you’ll explore the ancient town of Zvenigorod, one of the oldest towns in the Moscow region! As you leave Moscow you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery along the Moscow River, and make a few stops at old churches along the way to Zvenigorod.

Upon arrival, you’ll explore the medieval center, including the 14th-century Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery. Next, you’ll take a break for lunch (own expense) where you’ll have the chance to try out the Russian cuisine! Next, you’ll visit the Museum of Russian Dessert and sip on tea at a Russian tea ceremony.

The final stop of the day is at the Ershovo Estate, a gorgeous place to walk around and enjoy nature!

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage & Faberge

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage and Faberge

On this full-day tour, you’ll enjoy a a full round trip to St Petersburg where you’ll spend an exciting day exploring another popular Russian city! You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moscow and be transferred to the train station where you’ll ride the high-speed train ‘Sapsan’ to St Petersburg.

Upon arrival, you’ll start the day by touring the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. Next, you’ll visit the Faberge Museum, where you’ll explore the impressive collection of rare Faberge Eggs! In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing boat ride and a traditional 3-course Russian lunch.

If you’re spending 3 days in Moscow, or more, this is an excellent trip to take!

Trip to Kolomna – Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

Trip to Kolomna - Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

On this 10-hour tour, you’ll escape the city and travel to the historic town of Kolomna! First, you’ll visit the 14th-century Kolomna Kremlin, home to the Assumption Cathedral and an abundance of museums!

Next, enjoy lunch at a local cafe (own expense) before embarking on a tour of the Marshmallow Museum – of course, a marshmallow tasting is provided!  Your final stop is the Museum of Forging Settlements, where displays include armor and accessories for fishing and hunting.

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Moscow itinerary.

How many days you need in Moscow?

We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Moscow to take it all in.

What’s the best month to visit Moscow?

The best time to visit Moscow is over the spring, from March to May as temperatures are mild, crowds are thin and prices are reasonable.

What are some unusual things to do in Moscow?

I mean, queuing up to see an almost 100 year old corpse is pretty unsual! Check out Lenin’s Mausoleum if you fancy it!

What are some fun things to do in Moscow?

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a fun place to explore the famous space race from the perspective of the ‘other side’!

We hope you enjoyed our Moscow itinerary! We’ve made sure to cover all the Moscow must-sees as well as some unique attractions in the city! Our addition of insider tips, favorite food stops, and day trips from Moscow is an added bonus and will guarantee you make the most out of your exciting Russian vacation!

Immerse yourself in the modern and traditional Russian lifestyle! Get lost in museums, witness awe-inspiring architecture, and indulge in Russian cuisine! Spend the day strolling through all of the charming sites of Moscow, admiring the beautiful scenery and discovering the city’s fairytale-like enchantment!

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The sprawling, mind-boggling metropolis of Russian Moscow has long been one of the theatrical stages on which the great dramas of Europe and Asia have been played out in grand style. Burned by Napoleon in 1812, immortalised by Tolstoy, utilised by the Bolsheviks and championed as a bastion of heroic defiance by the post-war communists, it’s almost hard to believe just how defining the historical events that found their home on Moscow’s streets have been. Moscow tour guides will easily be able to mark the major must-see landmarks on the map, from the onion-domed orthodox Saint Basil's Cathedral, to the political powerhouse of Red Square just next door, while others will be quick to recommend a ride on Moscow’s famous subterranean metro system, or a visit to the UNESCO-attested Novodevichy Convent on the city’s southern side. But Moscow is a city also in the throes of a cultural wrangling between the old and the new. Creative energies abound here: Boho bars and pumping super clubs now occupy the iconic mega structures of the old USSR; high-fashion outlets, trendy shopping malls and luxurious residential districts stand as testimony to a city that’s now the undisputed playground of the world’s super-rich, while sprawling modern art museums dominate the cultural offering of the downtown districts north of the Moskva River.  

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Concert tourism, or “gig tripping,” is on the rise, mostly fueled by Taylor Swift’s record-breaking Eras Tour. With more mega tours scheduled for summer 2024, this travel trend seems to be here to stay as fans turn these concerts into mini-vacations, traveling across cities and states to catch their favorite artists live. While the gig trip phenomenon is undoubtedly exhilarating, it also comes with a hefty price tag. 

As we approach peak travel season, we wanted to shed more light on the actual costs of a weekend concert vacation in 50 of America’s largest cities, examining everything from concert ticket prices to flight and accommodation expenses. Whether you’re a seasoned concert-goer or planning your first musical jet set, understanding these costs can help you better budget for those unforgettable live music experiences.

Additionally, we took a look at the tour dates for 30 of the most popular 2023/2024 tours, from Taylor Swift to Drake to Olivia Rodrigo, to see which U.S. cities get the most and least concerts from major artists. 

U.S. map highlighting the most and least wallet-friendly cities for concert travel

When planning travel around a tour stop, the costs can hit as many high notes as your favorite singer, especially when considering the steep costs of flights, Airbnbs, Ubering, tour merchandise, and booze at the concert venue.

The 5 most expensive U.S. cities for a weekend concert vacation are:

  • New York, New York –- $1,793
  • San Francisco, California — $1,692
  • Los Angeles, California –- $1,516
  • Boston, Massachusetts –- $1,454
  • Seattle, Washington — $1,407

It’s no surprise that New York City is the least wallet-friendly tour stop for concert travel, costing $1,793 for a 2-night concert trip for 1 tourist . In New York, the average concert ticket price at Madison Square Garden is a whopping $231.06. Flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) ? Prepare to shell out an average of $441.34 round-trip. Additionally, an Airbnb for 2 nights averages $430.70, while ride-share and meal costs in NYC total $114.23 and $198.00, respectively. 

San Francisco isn’t far behind at $1,692 . Concert tickets here rack up to $244.33 on average, while flights into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) average $465.68, and a 2-night Airbnb stay averages $388.06. Even the booze carries a heavy price tag, with 2 16-ounce domestic beers at a concert setting you back nearly $40 ($38.02). Factor in ride-share, meals, and a $43 tour t-shirt, and you’re looking at a pricey getaway. 

Los Angeles, Boston, and Seattle round out the top 5 most expensive cities for concert travel. A weekend concert trip costs over $1,400 in each of these cities. 

While some cities may be expensive for the gig tripper, others offer the chance to enjoy the music without the financial hangover. 

The 5 least expensive U.S. cities for a weekend concert vacation are:

  • Lexington, Kentucky — $1,037
  • Cleveland, Ohio –- $1,073
  • Cincinnati, Ohio –- $1,097
  • Memphis, Tennessee — $1,123
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania –- $1,128

Lexington tops the list as the most wallet-friendly concert destination , where a full weekend of live tunes comes in at just over $1,000 . Cheaper flights ($247.34 round-trip), reasonable Airbnb rates (2 nights for $260.45), and lower food and beverage prices both in and out of concert venues make Lexington perfect for the concert junkie on a budget. 

Not far behind are Cleveland and Cincinnati , with costs hovering around $1,073 and $1,097, respectively . Cleveland concert-goers benefit from low beer prices at venues, where 2 16-ounce beers cost just $11.74 — compare this to the $39.74 charged in Seattle. In Cincinnati, the average concert ticket price is just $132.90, ranking ninth lowest in the study.

Memphis and Pittsburgh also make the list of the 5 cheapest concert destinations. Offering rich musical heritages without plundering your savings, these cities sneak in under $1,130 for the entire weekend. In Memphis, the average concert ticket price is just $132.90 at FedExForum –– the fourth lowest in the study, while Pittsburgh earns its spot on the list with its affordable Airbnb rates, at just $214.53 for a 2-night stay. 

With “gig trips,” the concert ticket cost is just the tip of the iceberg. Once you tally up flights, accommodations, transportation, and meals, the total cost of your trip can skyrocket. We’ve compiled our full data study for all 50 U.S. cities analyzed into the interactive table below. Search for your concert destination of interest and click on the heading of each column to sort by specific cost categories. 

When we zero in on concert ticket prices specifically, prices are highest in Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada . In these hotspots, the average concert ticket at the top-grossing venues hits a whopping $279.03 in Austin and $260.52 in Vegas. Whether it’s the eclectic music vibe of Austin or the glitzy shows of Vegas, these cities are setting the bar — and the price — sky high for live tunes.

The cost of concert-going can quickly add up — from tickets to flights to accommodations. However, savvy travelers can mitigate some of these expenses by choosing the right credit card that offers cash-back on concert tickets, flights, and hotel stays. For a deeper dive into how you can optimize your spending and enjoy some serious perks along the way, check out our guide to the best credit cards for concert tickets .

Graphic highlighting the most and least expensive U.S. cities for concert parking

Planning to park at premier concert venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver or The Sphere in Las Vegas? Be prepared to pay a premium. Parking pass prices at these locations and others can be steep, especially for shows of top artists. In certain scenarios, the price of a parking pass may even exceed $50. 

If you plan to see a concert in San Francisco , brace yourself — parking alone will cost you an average of $89.11 , making it the priciest city for concert parking. Not too far behind, Los Angeles averages $79.50 per parking pass. Rounding out the top 5 most expensive cities for concert parking are Austin, Boston, and Miami, where parking passes average $56 to $66. Concertgoers in these metros might want to consider ride-share or public transit when seeing Justin Timberlake or Blink 182 on tour this summer. 

Some cities seem to have all the luck when it comes to hosting the hottest names in music. By analyzing tour dates for 30 of the most popular 2023/2024 tours, we’ve uncovered which cities are concert capitals and which ones are left wanting more. 

Not surprisingly, cities like New York City (89 shows) and Los Angeles (70 shows) top the list, serving as frequent stops for major tours thanks to their larger-than-life venues and massive fan bases. 

Despite its relatively modest population of just 499,127, Atlanta, Georgia, punches way above its weight on the concert circuit, ranking fourth with a whopping 39 shows . Tampa, Florida, too, defies expectations with its smaller crowd of 398,173 residents, yet it boasts an impressive lineup of 20 major concerts . These cities are proof that size isn’t everything when it comes to live music — it’s all about the vibe and the fans.

On the flip side, Jacksonville, Florida , isn’t feeling the concert love. Despite having a substantial population of 971,319, it only received 1 tour stop. Similarly, Memphis , Tennessee, known for its rich musical heritage and a sizeable population of 621,056, surprisingly is host to just 4 shows.

In this study, we calculated the total of 8 cost factors in 50 of the largest U.S. cities to find the cost of a weekend concert trip for 1 tourist across the U.S., where a weekend equals a 2-night stay, flying in on a Friday night and flying out on a Sunday morning.

The cost factors are as follows:

The concert ticket and parking pass prices in this study represent an average resale cost across 2024 concerts at each city’s top-grossing venue, sourced from Vivid Seats. Please note that actual prices will vary depending on the artist. Prices on resale platforms like Vivid Seats are determined by supply and demand dynamics, so factors like the popularity of the event, the availability of tickets, and the proximity to the event date can all influence prices.

Lastly, we looked at the city tour dates across 30 of the most popular 2023/2024 tours to see which cities get the most and least concerts from major musical acts. The 30 tours we analyzed were Alanis Morrisette, Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Blink 182, Drake, Eagles, Enrique Iglesias, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Hozier, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kacey Musgraves, Kid Cudi, Madonna, Maggie Rogers, Melanie Martinez, Mitski, Nicki Minaj, Noah Kahan, Olivia Rodrigo, P!nk, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Usher, Zach Bryan. 

As concert tourism and other pop culture travel trends gain momentum (both in the U.S. and internationally ), our study uncovers the stark reality behind the excitement: the significant costs. In all 50 cities examined, you won’t find a weekend concert getaway for less than a grand.

Every destination offers a different financial tune for gig trippers. Concert-goers can save over $750 by seeing their favorite artists in Lexington, Kentucky, instead of New York City. Whether you’re a concert veteran or a newbie to the live music scene, understanding these expenses is crucial for planning your next concert vacation. 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been warned against going on another unofficial royal tour, with an expert claiming it could make them "objects of mockery".

Earlier this month, the Sussexes took part in a whirlwind 72-hour visit to Nigeria, which came directly after Harry flew from the States back to England for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games. Meghan then met him at Heathrow before the pair jetted to Nigeria for the three-day royal tour, in all but name.

The couple's Nigeria trip was to mark the Invictus Games' anniversary, but it also came shortly after Meghan discovered her Nigerian heritage. While on the trip, she even gushed: "I want to start by saying thank you very much for just how gracious you've all been in welcoming my husband and I to this country… my country," while at an event.

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And now there are reports that Harry and Meghan would like to visit another country after their Nigerian tour, "which was undoubtedly a high-profile success", according to royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams. He went on to add, in an exclusive chat with the Mirror , that "Ghana has been mentioned".

Mr Fitzwilliams said: "However they would surely need an excuse, their security in Nigeria was provided by the Government and the visit was linked to the Invictus Games, which Nigeria participates in and reportedly is keen to host, but Ghana does not. Nor has Meghan Ghanaian ancestry."

He then said that "another quasi-royal tour might make the Sussexes objects of mockery". Adding: "They only lasted less than two years as senior working royals. It was originally thought that they would be ideally suited to tours especially those with Commonwealth links and some of their patronages, bestowed by Queen Elizabeth, reflected this. However they chose to walk away."

The expert concluded: "Returning on their terms, but without a purpose, would be meaningless."

This comes as the couple continue to work on their exciting upcoming projects which include two new Netflix shows - one about cookery and gardening and one about polo - and of course Meghan's new brand American Riviera Orchard, which is due to launch any day.

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FGS Baden-Württemberg from Germany:  Pier 90 North in Manhattan from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25

FGS Frankfurt am Main from Germany:  Pier 90 North in Manhattan from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25

4 U.S. Naval Academy YPs from Annapolis, Maryland:  Intrepid Museum at Pier 86 in Manhattan from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24

USCGC Sturgeon Bay from New Jersey:  Intrepid Museum at Pier 86 in Manhattan from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27

USS MARINETTE from Mayport, Florida:  Homeport Pier on Staten Island from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27

USCGC Calhoun from Charleston, South Carolina:  Homeport Pier on Staten Island from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27

USCGC Katherine Walker from Bayonne, New Jersey:  Homeport Pier on Staten Island from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27

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Marine Corps Band and Silent Drill Platoon: Father Duffy Square in Times Square from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22

US Navy Ceremonial Guard: Military Island in Times Square from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 23

Navy Band Northeast "Brass Band: 43-44 St. Plaza in Times Square from 7:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. on Friday, May 24

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U.S. Coast Guard Band: Pier 86 in Manhattan from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 25

Marine Corps Band:  43-44 St. Plaza in Times Square from 7:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 and from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26

U.S. Fleet Forces Rock Band:  43-44 St. Plaza in Times Square from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26

Navy Band Northeast and Coast Guard Ceremonial Band: Bryant Park Upper Terrace at 6th Ave. & West 42nd St. from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 27

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Mount Loretto Aviation Event: Navy and Coast Guard helicopters will land on Mt. Loretto soccer field on Staten Island for a meet-and-greet with the flight crews from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21

Top Gun: Maverick  screening at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum:  Watch a free, outdoor screening of the film on the flight deck, with doors opening at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 24

Times Square Dive Tank: Navy demonstrations will be held at 43-44 St Plaza in Times Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 through Saturday, May 25

Eisenhower Park Aviation Event: Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard helicopters will land on Cricket Field 11 at Eisenhower Park on Long Island for a meet-and-greet, plus an EOD fast rope demonstration and performances by the Navy Band Northeast and Navy Ceremonial Guard from 10 am. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25

U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demo: Coast Guard demonstrations will be held off the Staten Island Homeport Pier from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25

Fleet Week at Liberty State Park: Navy and Marine Corps helicopters will land at Liberty State Park in Jersey City for a meet-and-greet, plus a dive tank demonstration and performances by the Navy Band Northeast, Coast Guard Silent Drill Team, and Marine Corps Band from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 

Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Day Observance: A service will be held in honor of those who served in all wars at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on Riverside Drive at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27

U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demo:  Coast Guard demonstrations will be held off Pier 86 in Manhattan from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 27

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Maspeth Memorial Day Parade: Starting at 56-18 69th Street in Maspeth, Queens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26

Forest Hills Memorial Day Weekend Parade: Starting at the American Legion Post 1424 in Forest Hills, Queens from 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 26

College Point Memorial Day Parade: Starting at 120-19 14th Road in College Point, Queens from 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 26

Village of Hastings on the Hudson Memorial Day Parade and VFW Ceremony: Starting at 558 Warburton Avenue in Hastings-on-Hudson from 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26

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After four-year hiatus, underground mine tours resume at Soudan State Park

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For the first time in four years — after the COVID-19 pandemic and then a $9.3 million reconstruction project — public tours of the Soudan Underground Mine in northeast Minnesota are poised to start up again on Memorial Day weekend.

For decades, visitors to the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park between Tower and Ely have been able to descend more than 2,300 feet underground into the state’s oldest iron mine.

The mine opened in 1882, initially as a series of open pit mines. Later tunnels plunged deep underground to target a rich ore body used to forge steel vital to the nation’s rapid industrial development.

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The mine closed in 1962 and became a state park three years later. About 35,000 visitors from around the world travel deep underground every year using the facility’s vintage equipment to learn about the mine and its history.

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“Most mines that close don’t continue operation because you have to use pumps to keep the mine dry and somebody has to pay for that,” explained Interpretive Supervisor Sarah Guy-Levar.

“And most active mines certainly don’t offer tours because if you have people in your cages, you are not hauling ore out of the ground, so you’re not making money. So Soudan is an incredibly unique experience.”

But to continue offering that experience, the aging mine required significant maintenance. Eighty-five-year-old steel and a concrete lining in the mine shaft was degrading, and a long section needed to be replaced.

A line of students trickles toward a mine elevator

Over two years, contractors removed 70 dump truck-loads of debris and thousands of square feet of concrete. They lowered 2,000-pound steel beams and tons of concrete to rebuild the shaft lining and steel infrastructure that supports the rail and rollers on the cages that move visitors up and down the mine shaft.

“And now we have a very, very strong steel structure. We don’t have to worry about anything caving in, on to the cages,” Guy-Levar said. “And it is a smooth ride right now!”

Into the mine

While public tours resume on May 25, 2024, for the past few weeks school groups have been visiting the mine, including a 5th grade class from Hibbing that toured the site last week.

Guy-Levar herded about a dozen kids, and several adults, into a disconcertingly small steel cage for the descent down the mine shaft. It’s only 5 feet across, 6 and a half feet deep. The passengers squashed in like sardines.

Tour guide Karel Winkelaar suggested they should enjoy the ride. “If we were mining in those early years, we put as many as 18 full-grown men in that cage with lunch pails and hand tools for the day. So we’re going to be riding in luxury.”

The cage zoomed down through the rock, rattling as it plummeted at a speed of more than 10 mph, dropping one thousand feet per minute, to the 27th and deepest, level of the mine.

Students walk past mining equipment underground

Then the students climbed on a train to ride about a mile to the last area that was mined. Winkelaar led them up a steep spiral staircase, into a large cavern, dug out of the rock.

“Right now we are in what we call the stope,” he explained. “This was the ore body that we’re in right now.”

Workers mined all the ore from overhead, and dumped it into deep holes in the floor to get hauled to the surface.

Mineworkers called Soudan the Cadillac of mines, because compared to other operations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, working conditions were relatively good. It was dry and had good air ventilation.

Students ride a train through a mining tunnel

Winkelaar shut off the lights in the mine. It’s so dark students couldn’t see their hands. He lit a small candle and stuck it in his hard hat, just as miners would have done a century ago, to see and work with both their hands free.

Miners had to buy those candles themselves. And they only got paid for the ore they hauled to the surface. They worked 12-hour days, six days a week.

Winkelaar asked the students to put themselves in the shoes of the miners, many of whom were recent immigrants from eastern Europe.

“The company is going to be taking advantage of you. You guys are immigrants. We’re gonna give you the jobs that nobody else wants to do.”

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‘Custodians of history’

Back on the surface after the hour-and-a-half long tour, students watched 3,000-foot long steel cables unspool from a massive drum to lower the cages down the shaft. Huge dials show where the cages are in the mine shaft.

This Allis-Chalmers electric hoist system turns 100 years old this summer.

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“We’re custodians of history,” said Jesse Gornick, lead maintenance and hoist operator at the park.

Gornick and his colleague Steve Yapel keep the vintage equipment operating smoothly. Lots of grease, they joke, is critical. Both their grandfathers and great-grandfathers worked at the Soudan mine.

They take that history seriously, especially the critical role Minnesota played in supplying the ore that made the steel that was used to fight in World War I and II. “Expressing the knowledge and importance of mining to others is important,” said Gornick. “And keeping it alive for future generations to understand why it’s important."

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They also share a deep sense of responsibility to keep visitors safe.

“It’s very satisfying, knowing that a lot of the equipment’s that’s used today was used then, and they worked on the same things we’re still working on,” said Yapel.

This is the 59th summer of tours at the Soudan mine. Guy-Levar expects pent up demand.

“Please make a reservation,” she said. “Don’t be disappointed because there have been so many people waiting to take a tour.”

Tours lasting 90 minutes are offered from late May through the third week of October.  The temperature in the mine is a constant 51 degrees year-round. Wear a jacket and sturdy boots or shoes.

Tours cost $15 for adults, $10 for children 5-12, and are free for children under 5. Reservations are recommended.

No purses, backpacks, or strollers are allowed underground. The three-minute cage ride down to the mine is in a dimly lit, closed, confined space.

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Explore the sombre complexity behind this heritage-listed prison’s past.

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Experience a century and a half of inmate and warder history, and the changing models of justice over time from 1851 to 1997. Retrace the footsteps of masked inmates under the all-seeing eye of the guard’s watchtower. Step into the cells of B Division and feel history take hold.

H DIVISION - Unlocked

Known as Hell Division to its inmates, this tour covers the dark heart of Pentridge. A Division, also known as H Division, makes for a confronting experience. It is designed for those wanting to engage with some of the most brutal aspects of Pentridge history. Step into the cells and yards of H Division and feel history take hold.

Warning: This tour includes depictions of challenging subject matter and is not recommended for those under 16 years.

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Tours' run for approximately 90 minutes each per division and include a guided and self-guided component.

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Shreveport Railroad Museum will celebrate National Train Day with tours, talks and more

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On Saturday, the Shreveport Railroad Museum will celebrate National Train Day with tours, talks and demonstrations made possible by a sponsorship from the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority.

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Shreveport’s history is filled with stories of trains, both the passenger trains that made multiple daily stops at the old Union Depot, Central Station, and T&P Station in downtown Shreveport to the trains that continue to haul goods across North America.

Shreveport Railroad Museum tour guides Jason Busey and Jim McClure will be on hand to answer any questions.

Talks and exhibits will happen in the air-conditioned Ozone Room.

What is the schedule of events?

11:30 am: Dave Bland - Shreveport Railroad Museum - History of Railroading in Shreveport.

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2:15 pm: Mike and Mark Mangham, Twin Blends: Northwest Louisiana History Hunters will be here to tell us what they do and how they do it, PLUS they will have photos of streetcars in Shreveport.

The historic Victorian-era Shreveport Water Works Museum will also be open for self-guided touring.

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Cost: Admission is free

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Vladimir Putin kicked off his second day in China with a visit to Harbin city as the Russian president trumpets deeping economic and strategic ties between the two powerful neighbours.

Harbin in the northeastern Heilongjiang province, which borders Russia’s Far East , has deep social, economic and cultural ties with its neighbouring country. The city was once known as “Little Moscow ” for its substantial Russian population and cultural influence.

It remains a centre of Sino-Russian cooperation.

Mr Putin’s itinerary in Harbin includes attending the 8 th Russia-China Expo and the 4 th Russia-China Forum on Interregional Cooperation. He’s expected to be joined at these functions by his counterpart president Xi Jinping.

Mr Putin will also meet students and faculty at the Harbin Institute of Technology.

The Russian leader arrived in China for a state visit on Thursday. He met Mr Xi and signed a 7,000-word joint statement heralding a “new era” of partnership covering a range of political, economic and strategic interests.

The “no limits relationship”, as Moscow and Beijing have previously described it, is aimed at counterbalancing Western, especially American, influence in Asia and Europe.

The statement condemned the US and its allies for their “intimidation in the military sphere” against North Korea , which has strengthened its ties with Moscow in recent years and is accused of being a major supplier of weapons for Russia’s war in Ukraine . Mr Putin hosted leader North Korea’s Kim Jong-un last year .

On Thursday Mr Putin and Mr Xi also attended a gala celebration marking 75 years of diplomatic relations between their countries and gave speeches at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

“I am very sorry for talking for so long, not allowing the translator to speak,” Mr Putin said at one point during his speech. “I’m just feeling so much at home and thought that everybody understands Russian here.”

Mr Xi and Mr Putin spent some leisure time at Zhongnanhai, a government complex in Beijing similar to the US White House.

They strolled and held "in-depth exchanges on strategic issues of common concern" over a cup of tea, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. The discussion included the Ukraine war.

Mr Xi bid Mr Putin goodbye with a hug as they concluded the first day of the Russian leader’s two-day visit.

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